Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 313–320

Embedding a Hiding Function in a Portable Electronic Health Record for Privacy Preservation

  • Lu-Chou Huang
  • Huei-Chung Chu
  • Chung-Yueh Lien
  • Chia-Hung Hsiao
  • Tsair Kao
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-008-9243-8

Cite this article as:
Huang, LC., Chu, HC., Lien, CY. et al. J Med Syst (2010) 34: 313. doi:10.1007/s10916-008-9243-8
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Abstract

The objective of this study was to develop a method to hide information in a portable electronic health record (PEHR). In compliance with HIPAA guidelines, a hiding function for personal identifiers in a PEHR was implemented by recognizing and hiding techniques. The method emphasizes the feasibility of embedding a hiding function in a PEHR. The hiding function could be executed to hide identifiers in offline mode. The present study showed that embedding the hiding function in a PEHR is a practical way not only satisfies data confidentiability needs, but also meets patient’s personal privacy requirements. The effects of executing the hiding function would be the same as through de-identification or anonymization process.

Keywords

Hiding function Privacy preservation Portable electronic health record De-identification 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lu-Chou Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Huei-Chung Chu
    • 2
  • Chung-Yueh Lien
    • 1
  • Chia-Hung Hsiao
    • 3
  • Tsair Kao
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical EngineeringNational Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Information ManagementHua-Fan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Medical InformaticsTzu Chi UniversityHualien CityTaiwan